Payment Reimbursement and Managed Care

Healthcare Blame Game: Patient Rights Advocate’s distortion of price transparency regulations and data, and the ad campaign that’s catching attention

Patient Rights Advocate (PRA) has engaged hip hop artists like Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes and Method Man in its “Power to the Patients” campaign, claiming that regulations around price transparency are not being enforced, allowing hospitals to hide their prices and “charge whatever they want.” On this episode, HFMA Policy Director Shawn Stack and Ruth Lande, vice president of hospital relations at RIP Medical Debt, discuss PRA’s misinterpretation of price transparency regulations and hospital pricing.

Erika Grotto February 5, 2024

Continued 340B eligibility is at risk for hundreds of hospitals thanks to pandemic-related factors

Hospitals that rely on savings from the 340B Drug Pricing Program should examine the possibility that they’ll soon be rendered ineligible. Several factors are having an industrywide impact on the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment percentage, and if that tally drops below a certain threshold on a hospital’s Medicare cost report, the hospital cannot receive…

Nick Hut February 2, 2024

Most healthcare organizations will embrace two-sided value-based care models in 2024, but many do not have clearly defined protocols to assess new opportunities

Read this article for various lessons and questions to consider before entering a value-based care contract.

HFMA January 30, 2024

News Briefs: A new fee is set for using the No Surprises Act arbitration portal

Bringing out-of-network payment disputes to arbitration under the No Surprises Act in 2024 will be less expensive than previously proposed. In a final rule, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury established the administrative fee for using the independent dispute resolution (IDR) portal at $115 per case, effective Jan. 22. That’s…

Nick Hut January 30, 2024

Biden administration announces effort to make healthcare more competitive and transparent

Providers and insurers should be on the lookout for the Biden administration to hand down regulations and guidance intended to promote competition in healthcare. The White House in December released a fact sheet stating its position that a lack of competition affects healthcare prices and accessibility for consumers. Drug costs have been a target of…

Nick Hut January 30, 2024

Employer-sponsored healthcare coverage would benefit from better access to data, Congress is told

Employers can stimulate efforts to improve the value of healthcare, but they need help in the form of better access to claims data and prices, according to testimony at a recent congressional hearing. With those tools in hand, employers can more easily forge provider partnerships that lower costs and raise healthcare quality, health benefit administrators…

Nick Hut January 26, 2024

Why providers are struggling to succeed under value-based care

An obvious question that has often been overlooked in the rush to promote value-based care (VBC) is whether providers are equipped to navigate the transition from volume to value. Findings of a survey of providers and payers published in September suggest that there are reasons for concern.a Many providers report that capability gaps are negatively…

Richard Jackson January 26, 2024

Limit financial risk from Medicaid redetermination

Medicaid redetermination isn’t going smoothly. As of late December 2023, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 71% of Medicaid disenrollments nationwide were for procedural reasons. That means patients are losing coverage because they filled out a form incorrectly or missed a deadline, not because they’re truly ineligible for renewal. Provider organizations can play a pivotal…

Noel Felipe January 24, 2024

In Congress, it’s status quo for Medicaid DSH payments and the Medicare physician fee schedule

Yet another short-term federal funding measure from Congress included yet another brief extension of full funding for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments. With funding for much of the federal government set to expire Jan. 19, Congress agreed on a continuing resolution that keeps all agencies fully operational until March. Medicaid DSH payments are guaranteed…

Nick Hut January 22, 2024

Medicare beneficiaries would have new options for appealing their hospital patient status under a proposed rule from CMS

A proposed rule from CMS would affect the appeals process for some patients whose status is reclassified from inpatient to outpatient observation during a hospital stay. After a 2020 court ruling that was upheld at the appellate level in 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS were obligated to create additional…

Nick Hut January 17, 2024
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